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United Nations Post-2015 Agenda for Global Development: Perspectives from China and Europe

2014/10 - German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Editors: Thomas Fues, Jiang Yeg

This collection of scholarly articles reflects the main findings of a dialogue and research programme between the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and the German Development Institute (DIE) on the United Nations post-2015 agenda for global development. Scholars from both institutions emphasise the historic significance of the post-2015 agenda which aims at defining a universal paradigm of sustainable development, and they maintain that poverty eradication and the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals must stand at the centre of the new framework. Differences between the scholars relate to the meaning of national sovereignty and the relevance of political factors such as good governance, rule of law and human rights.

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Understanding China’s Approaches to International Development

2014/10 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Authors: Jing Gu, Yunnan Chen and Yanbing Zhang 

China’s impressive economic growth and increasing development activities overseas, particularly in the African continent, have spurred intense debate and criticism over its role as a rising power in international development. China is viewed in the West both as a threat, but also as a valuable potential partner in development cooperation. However, differences between Western and Chinese conceptions of foreign aid and development have complicated cooperation and understanding of China’s development and aid structures. Further knowledge of these differences is needed, in order to evaluate their implications for low-income countries, and for potential trilateral cooperation. 

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Improving Access to International Climate Finance within sub-Saharan Africa

2014/09 – Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Author: Neil Bird

This paper provides an overview of how international public funding is accessed by recipient countries in order to secure public policy goals, and in particular the national response to climate change. It focuses on the concept of direct access, as it applies to funding originating from multilateral sources and considers how access might be improved and made more efficient. Direct access has become a focus within the debate on how the international community can support those countries particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The paper takes a regional approach and examines how these issues are playing out in sub-Saharan Africa.

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